The Realisms of Berenice Abbott

The Realisms of Berenice Abbott

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The Realisms of Berenice Abbott provides the first in-depth consideration of the work of photographer Berenice Abbott. Though best known for her 1930s documentary images of New York City, this book examines a broad range of Abbotta€™s worka€”including portraits from the 1920s, little known and uncompleted projects from the 1930s, and experimental science photography from the 1950s. It argues that Abbott consistently relied on realism as the theoretical armature for her work, even as her understanding of that term changed over time and in relation to specific historical circumstances. But as Weissman demonstrates, Abbotta€™s unflinching commitment to qrealistq aesthetics led her to develop a critical theory of documentary that recognizes the complexity of representation without excluding or obscuring a connection between art and engagement in the political public sphere. In telling Abbotta€™s story, The Realisms of Berenice Abbott reveals insights into the politics and social context of documentary production and presents a thoughtful analysis of why documentary remains a compelling artistic strategy today.For general trends in photography, see, for instance, Peter Galassi, Walker Evans and Company (New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2000). 2. Branden W. Joseph ... Berenice Abbott, a€œThe World of Atget, a€ reprinted in Photography in Print: Writings from 1816 to the Present, ed. Vicki Goldberg (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1981), 8. 8. See Terri ... Each rejected the pessimistic dismissal of politics entailed in his or her teachera#39;s assessment of modernity. Both Habermasanbsp;...

Title:The Realisms of Berenice Abbott
Author: Terri Weissman
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2011-01-10

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